MDF?! Yes my friend, MDF

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Project by vipond33 posted 04-01-2012 04:05 AM 4946 views 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We hired a new designer/project manager here today at work, a Scandinavian guy named Loof Lirpa. His name was a bit odd and so was his approach to woodworking. He said he was very forward thinking but I think he got it all backwards. This is his first (and only) project. What a strange one it was.

Right away he brought in this really rich client who said (according to Loof) that he wanted something nice and useful but very unusual. So after a bit I was given plans to make three simple, sturdy but quietly elegant Ikoro benches for a sauna.
Fair enough, but then they were also to have 1/4” MDF edging on them, unsanded and unfinished! WTF?

It didn’t seem to matter to him that MDF was unbelievably poorly suited for this task in a humid environment and what’s with the cheap junk over nice wood anyway? Loof replied that the owner was probably feeling a little guilty at having more money than anyone sensible knew what to do with, so he was expressing his solidarity with the common working man by using this most basic material. If we had to live with it, so would he. Uh, sure. So can we Occupy his sauna?

I managed to talk Mr.Lirpa into a few grooves to help it out a bit appearance-wise and it was only applied (surreptitiously) with double faced (no good, lying, hypocritical) tape so that we could rip it off cleanly next week, but out the door it went.

I get paid by the hour, those were interesting ones (all 24 of them), and if any LJ here can say why he was really fired (the next day by our boss) then you win a small prize. i.e. My admiration at both your quick wits and patience with this elaborate post.
(I’m channeling Moment here I think)

Various dimensions
and time
and finish.

Build on LJ’s.

A young Loof

Middle aged and a bit tired of being made a laughingstock

Old age, resigned to it, just after being fired

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#1 posted 04-01-2012 04:20 AM

Love the clever post!

Edit to remove some content. :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#2 posted 04-01-2012 04:35 AM

April Fools. Nice job.

I do love the benches though.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 04-01-2012 04:37 AM

Gene, I’m guessing the boss found out he was aLoof.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#4 posted 04-01-2012 04:50 AM

Good One!! You had this fish on the line until the last paragraph.

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#5 posted 04-01-2012 05:02 AM

Ah Loof…I wondered what happened to him. I haven’t seen him for at least a year. Strange fellow that Loof.
Seemed like a very competent woodworker but I occasionally found him to cut twice and then measure once. At times he didn’t seem to know his forsner bit from a hole in the ground…he was a pretty backward fellow who some described as Maximum Deficient Fellow, a condition often referred to as MDF. It’s pretty obvious that
Loof lied on his application about his true identity and for that reason he was dismissed.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#6 posted 04-01-2012 05:12 AM

Maximum Deficient Fellow, Maximum Decent Fellow, all the same, they finish last at least once a year. Nice call gbear.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#7 posted 04-01-2012 10:38 AM

One of the guys I used to work with was a loafer and he got fired because of that. Aloof, a loaf and a laugh.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#8 posted 04-01-2012 12:36 PM

LOL, nice! Did you really construct those benches for an April Fools joke? or just the edging :-)

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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#9 posted 04-01-2012 01:44 PM

Heh heh heh. :)

-- I cut it three times and it's STILL too short!

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#10 posted 04-01-2012 02:12 PM

Nice one. At least here people laugh at april fools jokes. I posted one at router forums about the release of a new Bosch Xtra plunge router and got chastized for wasting the admins time ?!

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#11 posted 04-01-2012 02:47 PM

Thanks for the smile.

It is also Palm Sunday.
(Note: There is no Karson Sunday)

Steve Palm

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 04-01-2012 03:29 PM

You got me! I read the email note this morning and totally believed it. After your recent bamboo bedroom, I know that you get into some really intriguing projects. The light clicked on when I saw Lof’s picture on the project page. Thanks for starting my day with a smile.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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#13 posted 04-01-2012 04:13 PM

Um, I still don’t get it

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#14 posted 04-01-2012 04:18 PM


-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#15 posted 04-01-2012 06:04 PM

Don Cutlip – It took me a while to figure it out too. I don’t want to spill the beans entirely, but here is a hint… consider how strange it would be if someone refered to you as Piltuc Nod.

-- Dave S., Bellingham, WA

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